Coming to us from Liverpool, UK is 22-year old Dan Croll, a new solo artist who is garnering the attention from the likes of BBC Radio 1, Q magazine, Sirius XM’s Alt Nation, LIVE105, KNDD, KCRW and more with his song, “From Nowhere.” After topping ALT NATION’s chart, the track is now selling thousands of singles every week in the US and has gained over 100,000 streams on SoundCloud and topped the Hype Machine charts.
Dan is now releasing a five-track debut EP “From Nowhere” in America on March 12th via Lava/Republic alongside a a first ever US tour dates, which ncluded a stop at SXSW. Britain is already smitten with his musicianship and songwriting of which Dan cites his influences from Paul Simon to orchestral African choirs to 1960’s psychedelia alongside some more modern artists such as Beruit and Dirty Projectors.
As comfortable with just an acoustic guitar or backed by an orchestra, “From Nowhere” shows multiple sides of Dan’s music. The song has pre-programmed Fafisa beats, a fat sliding bass line, and glacial guitars. If you throw a snake charmer into the bridge and the sound of a vibrating table to provide some fat bottom end, then you start to realize why Dan Croll’s sound is so difficult to pin down, which is a good thing. He straddles the genre line somewhere between folk and electronic. His song ‘Marion’ also caught the attention of UK’s Communion Records (Mumford & Sons, Gotye, Laura Marling), who included the song on their most recent “New Faces” compilation album.
Half troubadour, half techno whiz, Dan Croll is currently recording his debut album with producer Joe Wills in an abandoned primary school gym equipped with an old badminton court and climbing ropes in Liverpool, which perhaps suits the ex-rugby player quite well. The album is set for an August 2013 release.